The Pride of Bracknell Forest Awards 2017 took place on Friday 21st April. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists! Every year we see some truly inspirational individuals receiving the recognition they so richly deserve. This year we received almost 200 nominations, a record amount. We were delighted to be joined by some very special people who are involved in the community at the awards ceremony. Results are as follows:
The John Nike Pride of Bracknell Forest – Young Person’s Award:
The John Nike Pride of Bracknell Young Person’s Award is an expansion of Child of Courage Award from previous years. This award recognises the achievements of those who are under 18 from the Bracknell Forest area who have been involved in any inspirational action.
Winner – Aysha Riley Marsh
Runner-up – Oliver Knight
The John Nike Pride of Bracknell Forest – Adult Award:
The Pride of Bracknell Forest Adult Award recognises the achievements and selflessness of everyone over 18 from across the region. This year we saw a large number of entries and it’s fantastic to see so many truly remarkable people contributing so much to the area.
Winner – Julian Starkey
Runner-ups – Lyn Mitchell and Margaret Atkins
School of the Year Award:
The School of the Year award looks for schools that have performed exceptionally well in providing an effective and engaging learning environment for their children. Our region is highly successful in education and we believe it is critical to continue to push our academic success forward, and this award recognises those schools which are doing just that and creating a real sense of pride for the area.
Winner – St Michaels CofE School in Sandhurst
Runner-up – Meadow Vale Primary School
Teacher of the Year Award:
The Teacher of the Year category recognises those teachers which go the extra mile to make the classroom an engaging environment in which to go and inspires children, from encouraging shy classmates to participate more in lessons to changing children’s outlooks on the world for the better. These are the people making a real difference to our children’s futures.
Winner – Claire Mockridge
Runner-up – Liz Combes
Business of the Year Award:
The Business of the Year category recognises those businesses which make outstanding contributions to the Bracknell Forest region, specifically to its people on a day-to-day basis. These businesses go above and beyond to ensure they make people’s lives that bit better.
Winner – DSC Security
Runner-up – Canine Assisted Learning
Health and Sport – Young Person’s Award:
The Health and Sport – Young Person’s Award recognises those from the region who are under 18 and have made outstanding commitments to the fields of health and sport, and those whose achievements are laudable even at a younger age.
Winner – Amelia Quirk
Runner-up – Charles Frankham
Health and Sport – Adult Award:
The Health and Sport – Adult Award recognises those from the region who have made outstanding commitments to the fields of health and sport, across any relevant field, and whose achievements do Bracknell Forest credit.
Winner – Jim Dobinson
Runner-up – Jeff Retallic
Charity of the Year Award:
The Charity of the Year category recognises the enormous contributions made to the local community by its many charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups. These organisations throughout Bracknell Forest carry out some truly inspirational work and Waitrose is delighted to be able to acknowledge this tonight.
Winner – Jealott’s Hill Community Landshare
Runner-ups – Citizens Advice Bureau Bracknell
Volunteer of the Year Award:
The Volunteer of the Year award recognises those who give up their time voluntarily to make enormous contributions to the betterment of the community in Bracknell Forest. Their stories are truly inspirational and should serve as a source of pride for everybody throughout the region.
Winner – Peter Christmas
Runner-up – Rachel Eldridge
Team of the Year Award:
The Team of the Year Award identifies groups from the region who have made outstanding commitments to the community or deserve recognition for their achievements.
Winner – Bracknell Forest Foster Carers
Runner-up – Silwood Park Karate
Congratulations again to all of our finalists. Know someone you would like to nominate for next year’s awards? Make a note! Nominations will open again in 2018.